Initial reports suggest that many people heeded a call by activists to shut down some towns and cities in Zimbabwe to vent their frustration against President Robert Mugabe‚ the crumbling economy and delayed payment of civil servant salaries on Wednesday.
While many shops and businesses in the capital Harare closed their doors‚ residents complained that social media services such as WhatsApp appeared to have been blocked‚ possibly by the government.
Zimbabwean authorities warned citizens earlier in the week to go about their business as usual.
NewsDay journalists found a heavy police presence in Harare’s suburbs such as Glen Norah‚ Mufakose‚ Machipisa and Mabvuku. Shops were closed and public transport scarce.
Movement for Democratic Change senator and former Minister of Education‚ Sport‚ Arts and Culture‚ David Coltart‚ tweeted earlier in the day: “Report just in from #Harare – 95% of businesses in certain areas shut. Also appears as if regime has tried to shut down whatsapp.”
Report just in from #Harare – 95% of businesses in certain areas shut. Also appears as if regime has tried to shut down whatsapp .
Former Minister of Information, and current Minister of Higher Education, Professor Jonathan Moyo came as close to an admission as can be expected on his twitter account:
If there's a stay away as you claim then stay away from WhatsApp. What's gud for the goose is gud for the gander! https://t.co/fncOQ8OGIe
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) July 6, 2016
There are reports of Police attacking Citizens through out the Southern African Nation:
Police are beating up pple at egodini #ZimShutDown2016
— zenzele (@zenzele) July 6, 2016
More Updates as the story deveops